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Research Programming Technical Social January 2018

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B20 Jevons LT (16.30-17.15) & B06 (17.15-18.00)

UCL - Drayton House

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WC1H 0QB

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Wednesday 24th January 2018: Dr Tomas Petricek

Are you a UCL student or staff member who builds or maintains software for research?

Would you like to? Is writing code part of your scientific or scholarly life?

Please join us for the UCL Research Programming Technical Socials.

In these informal events, you can learn about useful tools and techniques which will help with your research while meeting other students and staff who use computers for science.

These are held monthly, 16.30 | 17.00 - 18.00 | 18.30, with a format as follows:

  • 16.30-17.15 | 1700-1745: Short talk on a tool, program, environment, language or technique of general interest to programming researchers.
  • 17.15-18.00 | 1745-1830: Discussion of a matter of interest to programming researchers, inspired by the talk, over pizza and drinks.

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Wednesday 24th January 2018: Dr Tomas Petricek: The Gamma: Democratising data science

Abstract:

Governments and journalists publish increasing amounts of raw data, but at the same time, "post-truth" has been chosen as the word of the year 2016 and the general public increasingly distrusts statistics. In other words, data science has new capabilities to help us understand the world, yet it is becoming less relevant in public discussion.

The goal of TheGamma project is to reverse this trend and make open data accessible and relevant to wider audience. Our tools allow journalists to create transparent data-driven articles where each visualization is backed by a simple code snippet. The source code makes the visualization reproducible, but it also encourages readers to modify parameters and explore other aspects of the data.

In this talk, I will show a number of innovative data visualizations that we built using The Gamma, including ones looking at the UK government expenditure and look at some of the interesting aspects of how The Gamma is built.

Tomas is a computer scientist and open-source developer. He is a Visiting Researcher at the Alan Turing Institute working on tools for open data-driven storytelling. He wrote a popular book called "Real-World Functional Programming" and is a lead developer of several F# open-source libraries. He is a partner at fsharpWorks (http://fsharpworks.com) where he provides trainings and consulting services. Tomas' PhD thesis at the University of Cambridge focused on context-aware programming, but his most recent writings also includes two essays try to understand programming through the perspective of philosophy of science.

Previous events

  • Dr Wadud Miah: "Modern Fortran for Computational Science"
  • Dr Jeremy Metz: "Image processing in the biological sciences: classical vs machine learning approaches"
  • Dr Marck warner: "AI in the cloud with SherlockML"
  • Dr Olivia Guest: "Gerrymandering and computational redistricting: conceptual and software challenges"

Find out more on the UCL Research Programming Hub website.

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B20 Jevons LT (16.30-17.15) & B06 (17.15-18.00)

UCL - Drayton House

30 Gordon Street

London

WC1H 0QB

United Kingdom

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